Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Won’t be the Godparents of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle leave a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle | Chris J. Ratcliffe/ AFP/ Getty Images

Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child there are a lot of questions about the future royal including if they’re having a boy or a girl, what names they have picked out, and who the baby’s godparents will be.

Yep, godparents are kind of a big deal in the royal family as the children have several of them which is why many assumed that Harry and Markle would ask Prince William and Kate Middleton to be godparents but that likely won’t be the case. Here’s more on that plus the famous Hollywood couple reportedly on Harry and Markle’s list to be the new royal’s godparents.

Why William and Kate Middleton won’t be the baby’s godparents

For anyone keeping up with royal family news, you might think that the supposed feuds going on between the two princes and their wives may have something to do with this decision. However, there’s no evidence those reports are even accurate and certainly don’t have anything to do with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s reasoning for not choosing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as godparents.

The reason is simply that the royals rarely tap siblings (or those married to their siblings) as godparents of their children because they already have a significant role as an aunt or uncle in the baby’s life. This is why Harry and his bride were not asked to be the godparents to any of his brother’s children. In addition, Middleton’s brother, James, and her sister, Pippa, were not chosen either.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince George’s godparents

If you’re curious William and Middleton’s oldest child, Prince George, has seven godparents. They are Hugh Grosvenor (whose mother is one of Prince William’s godparents), William van Cutsem, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, and William and Harry’s cousin, Zara Tindall.

Princess Charlotte’s godparents

Princess Charlotte has five godparents. They are Princess Diana’s niece and William’s cousin, Laura Fellowes; the Duchess of Cambridge’s cousin, Adam Middleton; Prince William’s childhood friend, Thomas van Straubenzee; James Meade, who is another close friend of William’s; and the duchess’ good friend, Sophie Carter.

Prince Louis’ godparents

As for their youngest son, Prince Louis, he has six godparents. They are Middleton’s cousin, Lucy Middleton, and the duke and duchess’ close friends Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, and Mrs. Robert Carter.

Who might be the godparents of Harry and Markle’s baby

George and Amal Clooney

George and Amal Clooney | Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

So who is reportedly in the running to be godparents to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child? Well, some media outlets have reported that George Clooney and his wife, Amal, will be asked.

A source told the Daily Mail that George and Amal Clooney are “all but confirmed” to be among the baby’s godparents.

Other contenders who might also be chosen as godparents could be Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, as well as Markle’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney.

Read more: Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hire a Nanny?

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